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Commission Plans to Spend €181 Million on Anti-Fraud from 2021-2027 
20 October 2018
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On 30 May 2018, the Commission proposed the new EU Anti-Fraud Programme. It will replace the current Hercule III Programme which expires in 2020. The new EU Programme is expected to run from 2021 until 2027, which is the next long-term EU budget cycle. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
ECA Criticizes Commission Plans on Loss of EU Money if Rule of Law is not Respected 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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In its Opinion 1/2018 of 12 July 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) assessed the Commission’s plans to link the future multiannual financial framework with a EU Member State’s respect for the rule of law. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
New Rules on Administrative Cooperation to Improve Fight Against VAT Fraud 
20 October 2018
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On 21 September 2018, the legislative procedure on a “Council Regulation amending Regulations (EU) No 904/2010 and (EU) 2017/2454 as regards measures to strengthen administrative cooperation in the field of value added tax” was finalized. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
Implementation Measures for EPPO Regulation 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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The Commission initiated several measures implementing the Regulation on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The Commission is responsible for the establishment and initial administrative operation of the EPPO until the new office has sufficient capacity to implement its own budget. Read more

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Updated EPPO Fact Sheet 
20 October 2018
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On 7 August 2018, the European Commission published an updated fact sheetof “Frequently Asked Questions” on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The fact sheet provides answers to numerous questions regarding the key features, structure, and work of the new EU body, which is ... Read more

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European Public Prosecutor’s Office Netherlands and Malta Join EPPO 
20 October 2018
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On 1 and 7 August 2018, the Commission gave its approval for the Netherlands and Malta to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). Read more

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Practice: Operation Silver Axe III 
20 October 2018
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On 11 July 2018, OLAF reported on a major victory in EU law enforcement cooperation: dismantling the smuggling of illegal and counterfeit pesticides in the EU. Read more

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Practice: Successful Cooperation Between OLAF and U.A.E. 
20 October 2018
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On 12 July 2018, OLAF reported that a joint inspection with Dubai customs led to the seizure of a total of 82 tons of counterfeit steel pipes in the port of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read more

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OLAF’s New Director-General 
20 October 2018
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On 20 June 2018, the Commission appointed Ville Itälä from Finland as new Director-General of OLAF. He took office on 1 August 2018. Mr. Itälä is the successor to Giovanni Kesslerfrom Italy who was appointed the head of the Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency. Read more

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EP Sees Functioning of Schengen Area Critically 
20 October 2018
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The resolution points out the progresses made in strengthening the Schengen area over the last several years: The creation of the European Border and Coast Guard; The introduction of mandatory, systematic checks against relevant databases at the external borders on entry and exit for third-country nationals and for EU nationals; The new entry and exit registration system. Read more

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European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS): Legislation Adopted 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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n September 2018, the Council and the European Parliament formally adopted the EU legislation introducing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (in short: ETIAS). The legal framework consisting of two regulations was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 236 of 19 September 2018. Read more

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Brexit: EP Think Tank Analysis Draft Withdrawal Agreement 
20 October 2018
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In July 2018, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) released an in-depth analysis on the draft withdrawal agreement published by the European Commission on 19 March 2018. Additional points settled in negotiations up to June 2018 were also included. The report aims at providing an overview of the main areas already settled by the negotiators as well as areas of persisting difficulty or disagreement. Read more

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CEPS and QMUL Report Outlines UK-EU Cooperation in Criminal Justice and Police Matters after Brexit 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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The Task Force set up by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) – a Brussels-based think tank – and the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) published a report that extensively examines the key issues, main options, and alternative models for EU-UK ... Read more

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Think Tank Considers Solutions for a Post-Brexit JHA Deal 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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The Institute for Government – a London-based think tank on governmental challenges – published a report entitled “Negotiating Brexit: policing and criminal justice” in September 2018. Read more

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Commission Proposes New Justice, Rights and Values Fund 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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As part of the Commission’s proposals for a new long-term EU budget, the Commission proposed a new “Justice, Rights and Values fund”. The fund will further contribute to the development of a European area of justice by simplifying the budgetary line into one financial programme. Read more

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EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Commission Continues to Struggle with Poland on Rule-of-Law Compliance 
20 October 2018
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The controversy between the European Commission and Poland entered into another round in summer 2018. On 2 July 2018, the Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. Read more

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